Glen Garioch 26yr 1991 XOP (Douglas Laing)
When this set of XOP drams arrived from Douglas Laing i judged this one to be the poor cousin of the rest, the others included a very old North British, a Littlemill, an Old Macallan, an Old Laphroaig and a 21 year old Springbank, but this Glen Garioch stands up to them all.
Umami, savoury, complex and filled with fruit also, there is definitely nothing shy about this dram and it can certainly compete with the big boys in this set of drams, something that took me aback a little, but then it does have the XOP label so i should have known it was going to be good, very good.
Sold out at Master of Malt and everywhere i have looked but it may pop up somewhere.
Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official sample as part of my Douglas Laing Fellows pack.
Sweet syrup from a can of fruit salad, crushed mixed nuts with the skins still there, touch of soy sauce with sour saltyness, a touch of umami and acetone hiding in the background
A tin of KP mixed nuts, slightly salty and tangy, that sweet fruit syrup is still in there, umami savoury notes with a touch of supermarket spice aisle
Growing and growing menthol and eucalyptus almost clears out my system
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